Range Tracking

The Complete Moorhen

Okay, this bird is actually called the Common Gallinule here in the good ol’ U.S. of A. but it was not all that long ago that it was called by the much more aesthetically pleasing Moorhen. Scientific purists thought it would be less confusing to the list keepers of the Animal Kingdom, and most likely they are correct in that it is more accurate, but to me the old name is just fine. Most times you see Moorhens they are floating around on the water so this one all up out of the water completely was a nice sight at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. According to Wikipedia, a European nickname for the Common Moorhen – the real Moorhen – is “swamp chicken”. That is pretty good, too.
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